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New theory signals end of the war on cancer. Makes way for non-drug treatments

16 by / on 18 Nov 2016, / in cancer

A diagnosis of cancer is really scary. It can seem as if there are only two options, neither very appealing. Conventional treatment which promises a lot but is likely to be toxic and gruelling or the complementary route, seen to lack the punch needed to beat cancer.

Current Posts – 18 November 2016

by / on 18 Nov 2016, / in editorial

A radical new theory about […]

Treating serious vitamin B12 deficiency: a case of risk-benefit balancing gone mad

23 by / on 17 Oct 2016, / in evidence based medicine

Have you heard about the NHS trust that recently introduced an incredibly brutal, and possibly illegal, form of drug rationing to save money? Patients suffering post -operative pain will get half the dose normally required to keep them comfortable, kidney dialysis will be done twice a week rather than three and all diabetics will get the same amount of daily insulin regardless of their blood sugar levels.

Current Posts – 17 October 2016

by / on 17 Oct 2016, / in editorial

 Several million people in the […]

The serious trust deficiency afflicting medical advice and what to do about it

26 by / on 8 Oct 2016, / in evidence based medicine

Trust me I’m a doctor has become a knowing, cynical catch-phrase but the underlying truth is that we do need to trust our doctors, not only because trusted doctors exert a beneficial healing effect but also because we are entrusting them with something precious – our health.

Current Posts – 8 October 2016

by / on 8 Oct 2016, / in editorial

The secret data from statin […]

Independent investigation reveals NICE approved treatment only a fraction as effective as experts claim it is.

46 by / on 26 Sep 2016, / in evidence based medicine

Would any doctor continue to prescribe a drug which they had been told would benefit 20 per cent of patients with a specific illness, once the truth was revealed to be around 7 per cent, only one percent better than no treatment at all? You’d have to hope not and that concerned and angry doctors would then shout loudly that they had been lied to and that patients had endured years of pointless treatment.

Current Posts – 26 September 2016

by / on 26 Sep 2016, / in editorial

For years scientifically-minded patients strongly […]

Massive statin trial that aims to silence all the critics. The iron fist in an evidence-based glove.

23 by / on 13 Sep 2016, / in statins

Last week a massive piece of research extolling the benefits of statins was published in the Lancet. Its headline message was that the benefits of statins are hugely underestimated and far outweigh any harm. It had found that only 2 people per hundred suffer side effects while 15 people per hundred avoid strokes and heart attacks.

It came garlanded with the full majesty of the medical profession. Thirty pages long with 28 authors, 300 references and a declaration of interests that filled 44 lines of small type and mentioned more than 20 of the largest pharmaceutical companies. This juggernaut was designed to bury the widely publicised doubts about the effectiveness and safety of these drugs already prescribed to 6 million people.

Current Posts – 13 September 2016

by / on 13 Sep 2016, / in editorial

The metaphorical thud of yet […]

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